Post-Apocalyptic Photograph by Thea Eskey

This week I want to share some interesting photography with you all. If you’re into apocalyptic times or a fan of The Walking Dead, I got a treat for all you. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Thea Eskey through Instagram. She’s a writer, director, and an Iphone photographer. After getting to know her more and checking out her Instagram. I asked her to mail me some of her photography. After going through the picture I felt like I was looking at stills of  The Walking Dead. I found it crazy how her pictures captured moments that look like they’ve been taken in an apocalyptic era.

Check out the great photos for yourself and make sure to follow her Instagram @theAeskey

Get to know Thea and her work. Check out her photography and the interview below.

Hi everyone, my name is Thea Eskey and I would describe my work as post-apocalyptic,
pop art, and surreal photography.
 Do you use any lens to shoot. If you do, which is your favorite lens? Why?
The name is my series is the #IphoneOnlySeries and as you can guess that means that I
only use the camera on my iPhone to take all my pictures. The reason why I do this is to
continue the pop art tradition of taking what is usually seen as skilled, or “high” art,
producing it in a way that is easy to replicate, and making it available to a mass audience.
When you go in one of your travels, what all you take with you? Why?
When I go to take pictures the things that I take with me are my iPhone (of course), my
ear buds, some sweet tunes, (anything alternative or indie but especially anything Lana
Del Rey, or as I like to call her Lana Del Bae) and my eyes so that I can discover new
images. The reason why I take out my music with my camera is because I find that often
times music will help set the mood or inspire the various pictures that I will take.
Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t
bought? Why?
Out of all the camera equipment that I own, the thing that I wish I hadn’t bought was a
super expensive, top of the line Sony camera because I rarely use it anymore, especially
for this series.
In you phone, What are your settings?
 dual 12 MP, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8) with 1/3″
sensor size @ 28mm, 1/3.6″ sensor size @ 56mm, and phase detection autofocus.
What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your workflow.
In keeping with the pop art nature of my photos, the only tools that I use for
post-production processing are the filters and editing tools on Instagram. As a rule the
first thing that I’ll do is choose whether I want the image in square or a rectangle framing,
which is done by hitting the two arrows facing away from each other at the bottom left of
the picture that is being edited. Then, the next thing that I’ll do is choosing the filter that I
 want to use. Finally, I will go through and edit the picture. When I’m done editing, I’ll
click the next button, caption the photo #IphoneOnlySeries, click the share to Facebook
button and then voila, share the picture for the world to see.
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
As far as education in the past, I graduated Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science
with a major in Cinema & Photography with a concentration in Cinema Production. This
4 year college education proved vital in shaping and molding my vision for this series. As
far as continuing to educate myself, I immerse myself in art, photography, and the natural
world around me. Honestly, the best way for you to get any education in any artistic
displace is to surround yourself with art and study it.
Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
One of my favorite works from the series is a piece entitled, Untitled (The Inkblot Test).
The reason why this is my favorite is because I feel that it perfectly encapsulates the
series.
Whose work has influenced you most?
The art that has influenced my photography series the most is the work of Andy Warhol.
The art that has influenced me personally is 1920’s surrealism, 1950’s film noir, 1960’s
pop art, and abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
One thing that I wish that I knew when I just started out was to take everything I was
doing less seriously and just get out into the field to take pictures. By that of course I
don’t mean slack off or not put in the hard work necessary to develop a unique
photographic aesthetic, but what I do mean is to stop sweating the small stuff, stop trying
to please others, and, most importantly, there is no such thing as the “perfect” photo no
matter what you think/are told by someone else. I think my work now encapsulates this
advice better then anything.
Thanks for Reading Friends
-Alex

 

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